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Metro Narvskaya

На́рвская (Metro station in Saint Petersburg, Russia)

I had a list of things I wanted to see while in Saint Petersburg, Russia earlier this month. The metro stations wasn’t one of them, but with two days of lousy weather in a row, with the first day already spent at an unplanned stop (The Hermitage Museum), I needed to find something not outdoors that wouldn’t have me standing around in another museum. Turns out there is a museum of sorts, that allows sitting much of the time, that’s deep underground in St. Petersburg. The cost was nice too (45 rubles or about US $.70).

The Soviets really did a number on their metro stations in the 1950s. Each is unique and many are rather decadent. I set out for the “two best” in Saint Petersburg. Along the way I jumped out at several unplanned stops that looked amazing or interesting as well. The Narvskaya Station (На́рвская) was one of those not considered to be one of the best, but wow was it fascinating.

Alexander Nevsky Lavra

Alexander Nevsky Lavra

The 1812 Overture was on the first classical CD I ever owned. Maybe that’s not saying much because I own less than 10 classical CDs (and another one of those is The Nutcracker). But in any event, when my bus in Saint Petersburg, Russia wasn’t going in the direction that Google maps said it was supposed to be going I pulled up a map on my phone to see if anything interesting was in the neighborhood. Tchaikovsky’s grave was so I hopped off the bus to check it out.

Today’s photo isn’t of his grave but the monastery and church on the same grounds.

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